6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

Our primary endeavor this week has been crafting Big Idea Papers. After studying each of our spotlights on various countries in Africa, students developed big ideas, or thesis statements, about the legacy and influence of outsiders on the continent. They have spent the bulk of the week further developing these big ideas and supporting them with examples. Students created their outlines using a mapping program that allowed them to make connections visually, and then the program turned their thoughts into a standard outline. They created a Google doc for their outline, which has allowed us to communicate with students and support them throughout the process.

In math, we extended our understanding of shape and volume. Students have studied rectangular prisms and began to understand surface area and volume, as well as why the formulas for each make sense. We switched our focus to circles, and the 6th graders discovered why pi is so important with circle work. Also, students discovered how the circumference and area formulas were developed. 

Questions to ask your child:

  • What is one of your supporting details in your big idea paper outline?
  • Why does the formula for the area of a circle make sense?
  • What is one way that music in America has been impacted by West African cultures?
  • How and why do onion cells look different?

Have a great long weekend!

The 6th Grade Team